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    Sanity Zone 1- 24 - 2014 Just Plain Mean

    Oak, you're on the money here. In his 2 hour press conference, Christie noted that he "wasn't a micromanager," but the cameras didn't show the snickering of any of the aids or legislators or lobbyists in attendance. His reputation is that of a supreme interventionist. That his chubby hands weren't involved in this is virtually inconceivable, but as a former prosecuter, understandable that he didn't document his involvement so he could have "plausible deny-ability."

    It should be noted that several top people did lose their jobs at the IRS, but not for "Benghazi" (in brackets here because there were 30 other attacks on embassies and other US installations that same day, so picking out one and not the others gives the administration problems - where's the diligence on those?)

    As for Enron, far more people than Skilling were responsible for that mess, but they got away. It was rife with corruption at many levels. Its a shame that it took almost 2 years and $40 million to just get that one guy. Makes you wonder why they go after any white collar guy at all, especially in Texas, where flouting the federal law appears to be a cause for celebration.
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    Posted 01-27-2014 at 12:55 PM by xan xan is offline
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    Sanity Zone 1- 24 - 2014 Just Plain Mean

    This entire Nation has failed itself in respect to accountability. Even in the case of Christie, someone took the fall but it was not the top of the food chain. The double standard between the private sector and politicians is bathed in hypocrisy.

    When foul play was found at Enron, Skilling was held accountable. When foul play was found in Christies administration a lamb was sacrificed. The higher up you go in the political food chain the less accountability is held as evident by no one being held accountable for the IRS/Tea Party scandal, Benghazi, etc...
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    Posted 01-27-2014 at 08:03 AM by TheOak TheOak is offline
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    Sanity Zone 1- 24 - 2014 Just Plain Mean

    I think there are a couple of key differences between the Christie Bridge and the IRS 501c4 scandals.
    • The Christie top staff conceived and initiated the bridge program without authority or notice.
    • The Congress gave the authority to the IRS to make determinations, and the actions taken were conceived and initiated by an admitted "conservative Republican" the Cincinnati field office.
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    • The CB initiative was political retribution for not supporting the "bipartisan governor"
    • The IRS initiative was a "shortcut" to determine if applicants were trying to gain undeserved tax exempt status as Congress cut the budget for the staff performing this work. Evidence suggests that conservative, liberal and progressive identified political applicants were given extra scrutiny, though anti-tax, Israel, and Occupy applications got more frequent scrutiny.
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    • The result of the CB initiative created a dangerous public hazard and cost millions in wasted time and money and energy.
    • The applicants for the 501c4 status were allowed by law to proceed doing business as if they had achieved their exempt status during the review process. Only one applicant was denied. No firm suffered damages, only few endured increased scrutiny.

    I guess I'd have to ask this question:
    If forced to chose which violation you'd want, do you want to have the government indiscriminately block your access to hospitals, bridges and commerce because you didn't vote for them or do you want more scrutiny on people who don't want to pay taxes?

    As a personal editorial, I would like greater scrutiny on tax exempt companies. The potential for abuse, especially with the 501c4 "donor undisclosed" feature, is the primary reason the IRS got in trouble in the first place. Congress has to fix the tax laws and also appoint somebody other than the IRS to make the determination as to who should or shouldn't be granted tax-exempt status.

    As a further note, my organization applied in August of 2012 for 501c3 Tax exempt status to conduct basic immune system research. We have yet to receive our assignment. We are not disadvantaged by this at all.
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    Posted 01-24-2014 at 03:18 PM by xan xan is offline
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    Sanity Zone 1- 24 - 2014 Just Plain Mean

    Do you feel this is a different kind of preferential politics than the IRS targeting of specific political groups?
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    Posted 01-24-2014 at 07:38 AM by Utah_Saint Utah_Saint is offline
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    NOW THAT IT'S OVER?

    No. I don't think the Saint's 11-5 season was worthy of much respect in the eyes of the media. There are too many negative things come to mind, the worst defense in the history of the NFL and a losing record was just last season, the losing record on the road this season and specifically losing to the Jets and the Rams. Even the great defense the Saints have had this year isn't as good as the Seahawks or the Niners.

    The 40whiners got credit for three reasons that I can think of. First, they beat the Seahawks the last time they played. Second they had just won two road playoff games and Third and most importantly in my opionion, this was their third NFC championship game in a row. The have established themselves as a powerhouse.

    New Orleans is a small market. The national media doesn't have to pander to the Saints the way ESPN does to the North Eastern teams or the big city markets. Credit, is earned. And the media likes things simple, they don't want to have to dig deep to find the reasons why the Saints struggled on the road or why the defense was so bad last year. If it's not obvious, then they won't write about it. It was too easy to run with "The Saints can't win on the road" or "Drew can't play in the cold" than actually figure out why.

    Just my opinion.
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    Posted 01-21-2014 at 05:24 PM by Utah_Saint Utah_Saint is offline
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    What Are Your New Year's Resolutions for 2014

    Praying that my friends and loved ones stay alive. I'm already -1 in that category.
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    Posted 01-10-2014 at 05:17 PM by Halo Halo is offline
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    ARE WE PLAYING OR WHAT? ? ?

    I think saying "with the saints winning their first playoff win in franchise history" is disrespectful too. You must have made an error.
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    Posted 01-10-2014 at 05:15 PM by Halo Halo is offline
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    ARE WE PLAYING OR WHAT? ? ?

    "disrespectful!" thats cool it keeps the team down to earth. love flying under the radar
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    Posted 01-10-2014 at 10:57 AM by hagan714 hagan714 is offline
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    ARE WE PLAYING OR WHAT? ? ?

    First playoff win in franchise history? I couldn't make heads or tails of the rest of the blog..
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    Posted 01-09-2014 at 01:29 PM by TheOak TheOak is offline
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    What Are Your New Year's Resolutions for 2014

    Years ago I resolved to never make another new years resolution, the only one I ever kept.
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    Posted 01-06-2014 at 12:29 PM by halfmoon61 halfmoon61 is offline
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    ARE THE SAINTS A ONE AND DOME TEAM?

    Saints 26 Philly 24 @ Philly. Nuff said.
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    Posted 01-05-2014 at 03:49 PM by Halo Halo is offline
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    What Are Your New Year's Resolutions for 2014

    Fish more, internet less ... so far, so good,

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    Posted 01-03-2014 at 06:50 AM by SloMotion SloMotion is offline
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    ARE THE SAINTS A ONE AND DOME TEAM?

    What uniforms are the saints wearing?
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    Posted 01-02-2014 at 06:39 PM by gomaneasy gomaneasy is offline
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    What Are Your New Year's Resolutions for 2014

    I'm hoping to be able to pay for the medical insurance I was forced to buy.
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    Posted 01-02-2014 at 03:30 PM by fischware fischware is offline
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    Counter Measures

    Wow, I feel that way too. Then I wonder, am I jus concocting these scenarios in my own head. Remember, the Ram's for instance are in the same division as AZ, SF, and Seattle. Their division record is 1-5, which means they're a pretty good team.

    I used to bet dogs--occasionally they'd run Stake's Races, like tournaments where Kennels would enter their best, from all grades. They would run with the big dogs, and they'd eliminate all but the top few in each couple of races, then run the rest. Each round you could follow those who dropped out, and the longer they ran with the good dogs, the better they did when they got back to their grade.

    The Ram's have been running with some good dogs, and let's face it, the Jet's have a pretty awesome defense, AND the guy is Ryan's brother--that makes you think a bit.
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    Posted 01-01-2014 at 10:23 AM by mike27 mike27 is offline
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    Posted 12-31-2013 at 02:35 PM by foreverfan foreverfan is offline
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    Truth and History of How Our Country was Stolen.

    The Federal Reserve is not part of the Government but there are laws that require you to pay Federal taxes. Those laws are known as the Internal Revenue Code.

    The Federal Reserve has nothing to do with the Internal Revenue Service.

    Internal Revenue Code
    Internal Revenue Code of 1986 legal definition of Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Internal Revenue Code of 1986 synonyms by the Free Online Law Dictionary.

    Federal tax law begins with the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), enacted by Congress in Title 26 of the United States Code (26 U.S.C.).

    Tax Code, Regulations and Official Guidance
    26 USC Subtitle A - Income Taxes | Title 26 - Internal Revenue Code | U.S. Code | LII / Legal Information Institute
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    Posted 12-31-2013 at 12:55 PM by TheOak TheOak is offline
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    Truth and History of How Our Country was Stolen.

    There is NO LAW that requires you to pay the Federal Income Tax.

    Is the Federal Reserve a part of the United States Government, or is it a private bank owned and operated by multinational corporate interests?

    Do they have our nation's best interests at heart? Unless something changes, what does the future of the United States look like?


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    Posted 12-26-2013 at 11:31 AM by foreverfan foreverfan is offline
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    Posted 12-25-2013 at 07:43 AM by UK_WhoDat UK_WhoDat is offline

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